Welcome to Banjo in The Hollow (BITH)

If you love bluegrass music along with traditional folk and bluegrass gospel music you are at the right place. If you sing, pick an instrument, or just enjoy listening, BITH is the place you want to be. Please take a few minutes browse our webpage. Also the keep checking back for new items being posted. 
— Congratulations —

Mr. Johnny Greenhill, brother of long-time BITH member Benny Greenhill, will be inducted into the NC Boxing Hall of Fame on April 13th, 2007 at 6:00pm in Concord, NC at Lowes Motor Speedway. Mr. Greenhill has a boxing record of 86 fights, with only 1 loss and one “draw”, an amazing accomplishment. Johnny, all of us here at Banjo In The Hollow congratulate you on your accomplishments and we wish you the best on this historic occasion.

About BITH
Banjo in the Hollow (BITH) is a private, non-profit, corporation dedicated to preserving and promoting bluegrass and old-time music. Located in the Triangle area of North Carolina, Banjo in the Hollow offers the opportunity for members to participate and play bluegrass, old-time and acoustic string music for our community and the public at large. If you need information or have questions concerning the newsletter, membership, pickin’ sessions, outreach, or fundraising please contact our committee chairs. 
President’s Announcements for January, 2007

To All BITH Members:
Greetings and Happy New Year to all Banjo in the Hollow members. January begins with some changes in officers and Board members. I have been elected President for the coming year while our Past-President, Ron Stell, will be your Vice-President. We say goodbye to Barbara Keller, who served as Treasurer, and we thank her for her service to our organization. Monty Smith will take over these duties as well as remaining on as Secretary. He will be assisted in these additional tasks by Ron Wilkins, who remains our Newsletter Editor. We approved LD Perry and Ronnie Daeke as new, full Board members and welcome their input. Our remaining Board members are Tom Garren, OA Champion, and Bennie Greenhill, who also served as members in 2006.

This past year presented many challenges for the Board and we found ways to meet them, even though we were not always sure that the decisions we made would work to our advantage. I have a new appreciation for the old saying, “you have to walk before you can run.” At times, it felt like we were crawling, but everything is looking up for BITH. Membership is markedly up from 2005 and early 2006. We were able to get the Newsletter up and running (thanks, Ron) when it appeared that it might not be published. We have a great new Web site, managed by Gary Wells (thanks to you also), visit it at www.banjointhehollow.org, if you get a chance. We had cook-outs, the Fall Camp-n-Pick, and turn-out at the pickin’ sessions was overall very good. We even hosted one learning clinic on Mandolin, taught by Matt Flinner. 2007 has all the makings of a much better year for the BITH.

For 2007, we are going to have the Newsletter published every two months instead of Quarterly. We have scrapped the Pig Picking’s and decided to go with some cook-out items that people can relate to better than BBQ all the time. We’ve added a couple of special treat things at some of the pickin’ sessions (check the new pickin’ schedule for these). Bond Park is back this spring, and we have worked out a very entertaining day with the City of Cary. You will receive more information on this later. Even now, the Board is working on setting up more musician clinics for 2007; we hope to hold one for Banjo and Guitar this year for sure, if all goes according to plan. As the year progresses, we will try to be flexible enough to provide BITH members with activities and events that will stimulate member interest and participation.

We begin this upcoming year with high expectations for the future of BITH, and ask not only for your continued patience and understanding, but your support as well. Volunteers are always welcomed. We are going to get an updated volunteer list going ASAP. Your ideas and input are welcomed, and we encourage you to bring concerns or issues to any Board member, so that it can be addressed. Occasionally, I will be addressing the BITH General Membership (when I have something worthwhile to say), and as always, we encourage membership to submit articles of interest to the News Editor for publishing in the newsletter.

A good example of member input is the following. At the December pickin’ session Bennie Greenhill’s wife, Lucille, mentioned that it would be worthwhile if she could send out a card whenever a BITH member or one their family, had an illness, death in the family, or other noteworthy special occasion, on behalf of the BITH. I agree, so if you have a request for a special card of condolence or sympathy, or whatever, then you can now contact Lucille Greenhill at (919) 544-1987, and speak with her about your request; thank you Mrs. Greenhill, not only for the input, but for volunteering your time for such a worthy thing. This is about all I have for now so, I’ll be looking forward to meeting you all at one of the 2007 events.

Ron Petty


Welcome – New Members
Kevin Holmes Hillsborough, North Carolina
Kevin Rash Cornelius, North Carolina
Kelly Lopez-Cepere Durham, North Carolina
Brogden Edgerton Raleigh, North Carolina
Sandy Herring Durham, North Carolina
Alan Hines
Dave Peterson Merritt, North Carolina
Richard Spencer
Doug Inge Midlothian, Virginia
Donald McDaniel Cary, North Carolina
Bryce Adams Wendell, North Carolina
Ernie Jamison Cary, North Carolina
Lisa McArthur Morrisville, North Carolina
Ray O. East